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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

[AlternativeAnswers] Seasonal Healing: Winter Essential Oils

 

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Seasonal Healing: Winter Essential Oils

Aromatherapy brings us the aromatic energy of living plants in the
form of essential oils. These fragrances are a natural antidote to
the emotionally debilitating effects of winter. Aromatherapy is
supportive in the winter season of quiet regeneration. Winter
essential oils cleanse and freshen air in homes closed tight against
the cold weather. Essential oils for winter include woody, evergreen,
citrus, spice and resin oils. Gingerbread and delicious spice cake
come to mind with pungent essential oils such as clove, cinnamon,
allspice, ginger and nutmeg. Fresh citrus oils including bergamot,
sweet orange, lemon and tangerine recall memories of old fashioned
citrus pomanders. Warming oils include Orange, Black Pepper and
Rosemary. Immune boosting oils are Tea-Tree, Lavender, Sandalwood and
Bergamot. To ease congestion and fight infections use Tea-Tree, Pine,
Eucalyptus and Lavender. Bergamot tea is useful for a sore throat and
can be used as a gargle. Chamomile tea is very soothing and eases an
upset stomach.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)Bergamot is uplifting sweet with a fruity
fragrance. Helpful for depression. Refreshes a room. Avoid sunbathing
and sunbeds when using this oil.

Black Pepper ( Piper nigrum) Hot, dry, spicy oil with a deeply
warming effect. Relieves muscular aches and pains. Stimulates the
digestive, circulatory and lymphatic systems. Can irritate sensitive
skin, use sparingly.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)Eucalyptus was first employed by
Australian aborigines, who not only chewed the roots for water in the
dry outback but used the leaves to treat fever, cough, and asthma,
and European settlers quickly adopted it as medicine. You can also
use a few drops of eucalyptus oil in boiling water or in a bath as an
inhalant. Eucalyptus is often used for - Sore muscles, Insect
repellant, Tension headache, Cold, Cough, Sinusitis, Rheumatoid
arthritis and Strains/sprains. Warming and antiseptic oil with a
strong camphorous medical smell.

Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis) Juniper Berry essential oil
contains mainly pinene, myrcene, sabinene and limonene. These
constituents are also found in other winter season oils including
pine, cypress and fir needle. Juniper berry oil blends especially
well with these oils. Juniper oil is refreshing, clarifying and
uplifting to the spirit. Its physical actions are cleansing,
astringent (for oily complexions) and toning. Detoxifying, cleansing
and antiseptic. Do not use in pregnancy or if you suffer with kidney
disease. Not suitable for children.

Lemon (Citrus limonum)Lemon is a fresh sunny scent that is cold
pressed from the rind itself! Lemon has antiseptic-like properties
and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on
immune function. It may serve as an insect repellent and may be
beneficial for the skin. Diffuse it in your house for a fresh
alternative to air spays. It compliments the Oil of Oregano to
neutralize the over growth of Candida. Put a few drops on a tissue
and vacuum it into your vacuum bag to freshen the smell of your
carpets and furniture coverings. 1 drop is also very refreshing and
purifying when taken in a glass of water.

Neroli
Neroli is distilled from bitter orange trees. It has a refreshing,
spicy aroma and is known for its sensual, exotic effect. Neroil oil
is emotionally unifying and soothes with harmonizing effects.
Described as both sensual and spiritual, Neroli helps to re-establish
the link between a disconnected mind and body. Neroli paves the way
for a gradual release and allows us to recall hope and joy!

Orange (Citrus sinensis) Orange essential oil is obtained from the
rind of the fruit and used principally as a flavoring agent. Warming,
orange oil is an antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic,
carminative, digestive, febrifuge, phototoxic sedative, tonic. Orange
oil helps spreads sunshine on gloomy thoughts and depression, has a
very comforting and warming effect and dispels tension and stress and
helps revive when feeling low on energy. Orange oil calms the stomach
both for constipation and diarrhea. Stimulates bile which helps
digestion of fats. Has a beneficial effect on colds, bronchitis and
fever. Helps with the formation of collagen, vital for tissue repair
and hair growth. Also helpful with muscular pains. Helps anxiety and
insomnia. Possibly reduces blood cholesterol levels. Orange oil helps
dry skin conditions softening wrinkles and dermatitis. An excellent
skin tonic. Orange oil can make the skin photosensitive to sunlight.

Peppermint (Mentha piperata) Peppermint oil is the most extensively
used of all the volatile oils, both medicinally and commercially. The
characteristic anti-spasmodic action of the volatile oil is more
marked in this than in any other oil and greatly adds to its power of
relieving pains arising in the alimentary canal. From its stimulating
and carminative properties, it is valuable in certain forms of
dyspepsia, being mostly used for flatulence and colic. It may also be
employed for other sudden pains and for cramp in the abdomen; wide
use is made of Peppermint in cholera and diarrhea.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Rosemary is stimulating and
refreshing, an invigorating pick-me-up. To help refresh and nasal
passages and assist easy breathing. Excellent for hair and scalp
problems including hair loss and dandruff. Do not use if pregnant or
if you have high blood pressure or suffer with epilepsy.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)Tea-Tree is a powerful antiseptic,
anti-bacterial oil which helps boost the immune system. Excellent for
treating cold sores and fungal infections such as thrush. Spots,
insect bites, warts, cuts and grazes.

WINTER WARMTH BLEND
Combine the following oils:
10 drops of cedarwood
25 drops of bergamot orange
15 drops of fir needle
30 drops of juniper berry
20 drops of sandalwood

A wintertime aromatherapy blend For a massage oil, dilute
12 drops of this "mother" blend in 3 ounces of vegetable oil.
To diffuse into the air, use a candle diffuser or terra cotta
ornament style diffuser. Add a few drops of "mother" blend
to water in your diffuser.

SINUS CONGESTION BLEND
To relieve sinus congestion, respiratory problems and
to clear a stuffy head,
Combine the following oils:
5 drops of Eucalyptus
3 drops of Lavender
2 drops of Tea-Tree
2 drops of Pine.

Add drops to a bowl of hot water and inhale.Makes a great
cold remedy. This is a powerful decongestant for those
unwanted colds. Add a few drops to your burner and inhale
this way.

SORE THROAT GARGLE
To soothe a sore throat and combat infection.
2 drops of Tea-Tree

Add to a glass of water and use as a gargle. Do not swallow,
essential oils must not be taken internally.

SEASONAL AFFECTED DISORDER (SAD)

Many people are affected in the winter months by this disorder
which is associated with a reduction in sunlight, as the days
get shorter, and the weather is frequently overcast. Symptoms
experienced can range from depression, fatigue, lethargy,
weight gain and food cravings. The following essential oils can
help to relieve the symptoms associated with this disorder.

PICK ME UP BLEND
Combine the following oils:
7 drops of Bergamot
5 drops of Grapefruit
3 drops of Rosemary

SUNSHINE BLEND
Combine the following oils:
5 drops of Lemon
5 drops of Orange
3 drops of Geranium
2 drops of Peppermint

The oils can be used in a burner, either individually or in
combination.

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
http://www.peacefulmind.com/aromatherapy.htm
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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